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Sutton, Pizzarelli Prepare New Discs

Tierney Sutton (pictured) and John Pizzarelli, artists who like to sing for Telarc Records, have both recently and separately logged studio hours to prepare new albums.

Pizzarelli, who may be better known as a guitarist, laid vocal and guitar tracks at New York City’s Avatar Studios in early May for a long-player currently with the working name Por Joao. Pizzarelli used a number of Brazilian players on the sessions, including Antonio Carlos Jobim drummer Paolo Braga and Jobim’s grandson Daniel. Russ Titleman is the album’s producer. I was excited to find that in addition to overseeing Paul Simon and Buffalo Springfield compilations, Titleman worked on the soundtrack to 1984’s break-danceploitation film Breakin’, a movie you could watch roughly 4,800 times before Por Joao is released on April 27, 2004.

Tierney Sutton’s forthcoming disc, Dancing in the Dark/Inspired by the music of Frank Sinatra, will be out a bit sooner: Feb. 24, 2004. A follow-up to 2002’s acclaimed Something Cool, Dancing was recorded in Burbank, Calif. at O’Henry’s Studios with Elaine Martone in the producer’s chair. We’re unsure about who played behind Sutton on the sessions, but hope to identify at least a few musicians later this year when PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer airs footage taped at the sessions during a story on jazz vocalists. Scheduled to coincide with the release of the new CD, Sutton has a four-week engagement at the Algonquin Room in New York from February 17 to March 13, 2004.

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